Action Alert - State Senate Bill 97:
Louisiana State Senator A.G. Crowe of Slidell is personally committed to banning toxic dispersants in State waters. He has introduced SB 97 which requires that dispersants used in oil spill response and cleanup operations be “Practically Non-Toxic.” The bill passed out of its first committee hearing with support of LEAN and Sierra Club. The bill was opposed by lobbyists from Louisiana Chemical Association, the ammonia producers, and Mid Continent Oil and Gas Association. Discussion in committee with Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality was that the bill would be amended on its way to Senate floor vote to allow “flexibility.” We are very concerned as to what “flexibility” will mean.
You can help:
Sign on to www.agcrowe.com and click to the right to sign the “Clean Our Gulf” petition. Senator Crowe needs numbers here to show support for requiring that dispersants be non-toxic.
Call your State Senator within the next few days to ask support for banning toxic dispersants. Let him know there are numerous non-toxic alternatives available. Toxic dispersants have been banned in other countries, why can’t we do it here. Find your State Senators at http://www.legis.state.la.us/
Go to http://www.legis.state.la.us/ and watch the progress of SB 97. If it passes the Senate then it will go to hearing in the House and then House floor vote. We may need phone calls to State Representatives. We will put out an alert when the next hearing is scheduled. It may be short notice. If you are available to show up at hearings and would like info on how that works please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will let you know when the bill is scheduled to be heard and provide further information.
Thanks, Woody Martin, Chair
Sierra Club Delta Chapter